City Council Members Criticize Maryland Book Exchange Approval
The Diamondback garners feedback from city council members, following the Prince George's County Planning Board approval of the student-housing and retail complex.
Days after the Prince George's County Planning Board officially approved developers' plans to build a retail and student-housing complex at the location of the Maryland Book Exchange, city council members are sharing discontentment with the decision.
The College Park City Council voted against the developers' plans last month, arguing that such a building violates the 2010 Approved Central US 1 Corridor Sector Plan and Sectional Map Amendment, which guides development along Baltimore Avenue in most of College Park.
In its January vote against the detailed site plan, council also argued that the building wouldn't fit in with the adjacent Old Town College Park Historic District.
City Attorney Suellen Ferguson has said that she plans to appeal the planning board's decision. This would force the District Council—comprised of Prince George’s County Council members—to hold a hearing or an oral argument on the case.